Monday, January 5, 2015

Uno En Uno With: Mason Dyslin

When Kevin Downes inherited the heavily-pursued Yorktown job during the summer's Section 1 coaching carousal, one of his initial priorities was to build up the Huskers'  frontline.

He vowed to work at shedding all traces of softness and installing adequate rim protection.

Following the heyday of Keith Thomas, bruising behemoth Jacob Mercado, and Chris Schmitz, the Huskers suffered from a dearth of true big men.

Beyond the presence of Ricky Corrado-- a rugged and undersize 6-foot-1 double-double threat who clawed and scrapped amid mismatches almost every night--Yorktown was undersized and vulnerable around the rim the last few seasons.

Changing the culture and revitalizing an ailing program would entail a renewed rebounding focus. 

And so the emergence of Mason Dyslin, a 6-foot-7 senior center with arms as long as stickball bats, has paralleled the Huskers' 5-1 start while simultaneously expunging demons of the past. 

Suddenly putting up All-Section numbers, Dyslin is beginning to play to his size and wingspan.

With a newfound back-to-the-bucket game a feathery 15-foot sling shot, Dyslin's scoring aptitude has come alive since a 35-point eruption in a 87-83 overtime loss at Peekskill.

 He dropped 16 points and snared 12 boards in a 61-47 win over athlete-laden John-Jay East Fishkill--fighting through intensified interior defense, absorbing the brutal hits in front of the rim, and finishing through contact. 

During the Huskers' win over Mamaroneck at the Harry Jefferson tournament, he poured in a team-best 21 points. 

During an ugly, black-and-blue marked 43-34 win over border town rival Lakeland, he finished with 10 points and manipulated and intimidated several shots, steering the Hornets clear of the driving lanes. 

Cultivating a post presence and kicking the habit of deferring, Dyslin has played more on instinct and hunted for his inside shots more than ever. Finishing strong and incorporating a nifty spin move, Dyslin has helped a lacrosse power and football school re-register its basketball relevance.

 Creating a 1-2 punch with junior point guard Nick DeGennaro, an offensive orchestrator and now a dependable knockdown shooter from beyond the arc, a new confidence has been discovered. 

Dyslin's rapid evolution isn't just traceable to last season...

How about last month? 

In Yorktown's home and season-opening 51-37 drubbing of Walter Panas, Dyslin started off jittery before turning it around completely in the second half. Guarded down low by Mike Evans, Panas' bounce-happy 6-foot-2 senior forward, Dyslin unveiled a new nose for the rim and buried a pair of back-to-back 15-foot jumpers during a second half tear. The versatility, the ability to draw bigs away from the rim and draw defenders showed the problem a guy of Dsylin's size poses for area foes.


Kindly Continue Reading By Clicking Here